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Aspiring Village

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Aspiring Village
Retirement Village
14 Golf Course Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address
Same as above
Otago, Southland
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Lara Metcalfe - 034436660
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Hayley Schnell - 034436660
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Aspiring Village was established in 2010, and is now home to a vibrant community of almost 200 residents living across 124 villas, 16 apartments and 24 assisted living apartments. We offer thoughtfully designed villas and apartments in a range of sizes and configurations. All homes are built to a very high standard, with our designs and specifications tailored for the Central Otago climate.

The village offers extensive lifestyle facilities with our park like grounds and the Aspiring Lifestyle Centre - the social hub of the village where we host events and activities organised by our staff team and residents. In 2020 we extended and refurbished our lifestyle centre, which includes an indoor heated pool, spa, gym, café and lounges, residents bar, media room, BBQ areas, library and much more.

In 2023 we opened 24 assisted living apartments. Pembroke Apartments are 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with added services such as meals, housekeeping, laundry and medication supervision.

The majority of our residents live independent lives - but sometimes needs may change. The Our Village team will work with you and your family to provide you with care and support in your home, and priority access to residential care is available at our on-site Aspiring Care Centre.

As villas and apartments become available, we contact those who have previously expressed their interest to us before advertising more widely. If you wish to be notified of unit availability it is imperative to complete and return an Expression of Interest form.

Come and take a tour of Aspiring Village today - phone Hayley on 027 307 3738 or call into our office at 23 Rodeo Drive, off Golf Course Road, Wanaka.
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Available Properties
Available Properties
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Assisted Living at Aspiring - 1 & 2 bed options

From $529,000

Bed 1 Bath 1 Floor Area 50m2

Property Type: Serviced Apartment

The Pembroke Apartments at Aspiring Village are conveniently located near the Wanaka Lakes Health Centre, in a sheltered location on the western village boundary. There are 24 residences, in mostly...

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Our "most skied" Resident - John Perkins

Look around the Aspiring Village on any given day, and you’ll see plenty of residents out walking, biking, pottering in their gardens and heading to the Lifestyle Centre for a swim, or to enjoy the company of others. Look further afield up the nearby ski slopes and you might see a few more residents enjoying the snow – either skiing or sightseeing. The one place you wouldn’t expect to see an Aspiring Village resident is lined up at the start of a ski race – but that’s exactly where you would have found John Perkins this winter. In fact, he won the 80-85 year Masters race at Treble Cone, though he is quick to point out there were no other entrants!

John and his wife Margaret moved to the Aspiring Village in 2013. “We had lived in Queenstown for a number of years, raising our family and enjoying all that it had to offer. We had a three-storey home and Margaret struggled with respiratory problems in her later years, so we realised we had to move somewhere on one level. Our daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandchildren live in Wanaka – and we had been spending an increasing amount of time babysitting and spending time with them. On one of those visits we popped in to have a look at the Aspiring Village – and fell in love with the idea. Margaret was very fond of saying we made ‘the smartest move in the world when we moved here’ and it’s hard to disagree with that.” Sadly Margaret’s respiratory problems didn’t improve, and John and their family lost her in early 2015. Having family close by really helped John over this time as did those who lived around him, “Everyone in the village was so lovely – the staff are wonderful, I can’t speak highly enough of them.”

John and Margaret’s love of the outdoor lifestyle is something they both explored over the years. While he and Margaret met in Liverpool (he is English and she was on her OE from Australia), they moved around the world for much of their lives – spending time in Australia, and 14 years in Papua New Guinea where John’s pilot skills led them into a business. Before they met, Margaret had worked in NZ for a year, and had always wanted to return. So in 1976 they headed here on holiday where they fell in love with the Lakes District and decided it would be a great place to raise their 3 children. “Skiing and sailing were our major passions, that we explored with our family whenever time allowed.” And that active lifestyle shows no sign of waning. As well as spending 40 days on the slopes this year, many of them with his grandchildren “who are the ones taking me off to different parts of the mountain these days”, John also bikes and walks in the summer months. He is full of praise for the Wanaka lifestyle – “It’s a little quieter than Queenstown, but a lot less hassle getting around – and the parking is much easier!”

Updated: 31 Aug 2020

Statutory Supervisor's Details
Statutory Supervisor's Details
Name Covenant Trustee Services Limited
Address Level 9, 191 Queen Street,
City/Town Auckland
Company Covenant Trustee Services Limited
Phone 09 302 0638
Fax 09 302 1037
Email View Email Address

Updated: 25 Jul 2019

Solicitor's Details
Solicitor's Details
Name Anthony Harper
Address PO Box 2646
City/Town Auckland 1140

Updated: 15 Aug 2018

Composition of Village
Composition of Village
Type Details
2 Bedroom Villa (2 Bedrooms)
Tenure TermsLicence to Occupy
Service Charge DetailsThe weekly fee is fixed for the duration of your time in your villa or apartment.

Updated: 15 Aug 2018

Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay Status Details
Respite Yes

Updated: 15 Aug 2018

Personnel & Services
Personnel & Services
Personnel / Service Hours Per Week Status Details
Hairdresser Yes We have a hairdresser who visits the village weekly and takes appointments in our custom built wellness room.
Activities Co-ordinator Yes Activities are co-ordinated monthly and a calendar available to all residents.
Meals - Available On-site Yes We have a regular Thursday evening meal with a changing menu served in the Lifestyle Centre dining room.
Meals - External Provider Yes Meals can be arranged to be delivered to residents villas through our caterer on request.
Home Help - External Provider Yes
Registered Nurse Yes We have a Health Advisor who works 2 mornings per week.
Nursing Care Yes Aspiring Enliven Care Centre which offers rest home care and a dementia wing also.
Other Personnel Yes Village Manager, Facilities Manager, General Maintenance, Administration Officer, Full and part-time gardeners, Sales Manager, Housekeepers.

Updated: 24 May 2021

Facility Features
Facility Features
Feature Status Details
Social/Recreational Programme Yes Core Balance classes, Indoor Bowls, Knit & Natter, Petanque, Chess, Tai Chi, Yoga, Art Group, Classical Music Video, Mah Jong, Aqua Aerobics, Line Dancing, Happy Hour, Games & card sessions, Croquet, Table Tennis, Pool Table, Aqua Aerobics, Ukulele group.
Community Complex Yes The Lifestyle Centre is the social hub of the Aspiring Village. Set among landscaped gardens, residents can come here whenever they wish. We have tea and coffee available, daily papers and a cosy fire to relax in front of.
24 Hour Security Yes The Aspiring Village is a secure gated facility where the gates are closed each evening.
Emergency Call System Yes Each villa or apartment has a personal alarm, connected to a 24 hour emergency response service.
Newsletter Yes Monthly residents newsletter.
Pets In Residence Yes We do have some pets in residence. All are suitable for village life and have been approved by the Village Manager.
Negotiate To Bring Own Pet Yes A small domestic animal is welcome to join you in your villa, provided it is an adult animal suitable for village life. Approval is at the discretion of the Village Manager and the pet and its owner must comply with our Pet Policy.
Outings Yes Each month our village team puts together an activities calendar reflecting the interests of our residents, combining events both in the Village and the wider Central Otago community. The choice is yours, to get involved as much or as little as you wish.
Transport Available Yes Transport can be arranged at your cost on request.
Restaurant Yes Casual dining is available on Thursday and some Saturday evenings.
Gay / LGBT QI Friendly Yes
Fitness Complex Yes Gynmasium equipped with exercycle, treadmill and various fitness equipment as well as various fitness classes available. Personal trainer is also available.
Swimming Pool Yes Heated indoor swimming pool.
Spa Pool Yes
Craft Room Yes Multi purpose room available for residents crafts and activities.
Library Yes Relax in the cosy well-stocked library, read the paper or choose from a wide range of books, magazines and puzzles.
Games Room Yes Multi purpose room for line dancing, table tennis and core balance classes.
Lounges Yes Media room with sky TV, and lounge with a gas fire - ideal to share a coffee with friends or a social drink.
Gardens Yes While every villa has its own garden space, we offer residents communal garden plots and glasshouses also.

Updated: 15 Aug 2018

Interests & Activities
Interests & Activities
Activity programme, Art, BBQ, Board games, Bridge, Cards, Classical Music, Email, Exercises, Fax, Garden, Gardening, Gas Fire, Happy Hour, Internet, Jigsaw, Library, Mah Jong, Massage, Movies, Newspaper reading, Outings, Petanque, Pool, Pool table, Reading, Sky TV, Spa, Swimming

Updated: 13 Nov 2015

Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RC Status Details
Registered Retirement Village? Yes
Retirement Village Accreditation (Expiry date) Yes
Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA) Yes
Registered Retirement Village? Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand [Inc] (RVA)

Updated: 15 Aug 2018

NOTE: The Retirement Villages Act 2003 (The Act) is designed to provide improved protection for people who ‘buy’ into a retirement village. If you intend to ‘purchase’ you must get independent legal advice before signing your occupation right agreement as required under The Act. Some Retirement Village type facilities are not required to register under The Act so different legal requirements apply. Please make sure you investigate fully.


In some villages there may be some Retirement Village units that have multiple uses e.g. a Serviced Apartment may also be used as a Residential Care Suite. The same unit may therefore show in several places on Eldernet.